An Open Letter from our Organizer:
Showcase Events That Conflict with Popular Preliminary + Level Events
Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials
3549 Charleston Hwy
Aiken, SC 29801
To Whom it May Concern:
I am writing in regards to Eventing Showcase events that have conflicting dates with popular horse trials. In particular, Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials (SC) and Surefire Horse Trials (VA) suffered lost entries due to conflicting dates with the Eventing Showcases at Bruce’s Field and Great Meadows, respectively. Though the organizers of both horse trials worked hard to arrange the schedules so that competitors and spectators could enjoy the Showcase and compete in the horse trials, both horse trials lost entries.
Many people were surprised that the Showcase organizers choose to hold their events on dates that conflict with these popular long-existing horse trials that have tenure. Their decision to use our weekends has caused loss of advertising income, sponsorship income, Prize Money income, income from competitors, and most of all the loss of volunteers. It also caused consternation, frustration and disappointment to the many people obligated to ride, groom and officiate at our events, as they could not enjoy the Showcase activity.
The USEA High Performance Committee meeting in New Orleans seemed to avoid the Showcase topic and at the end of their reports, attempted to close the meeting twice. Denis Glaccum got their attention and I, Joannah Glass, was finally able to address the committee with my concerns and the anticipated problems noted above as well as personal annoyance at not being able to watch the Showcase myself. It was to no avail.
If USEA Areas II, III and more could team up and gather to vote against these FEI/USEF non-USEA date conflicts, and suggest that Showcase organizers not schedule over long held and respected venues it might protect all Organizers from this sort of conflict and loss. We Organizers/Owners are the ones who benefit the USEA with thousands of operating dollars. Couldn't the USEA Board vote to admonish the FEI/USEF for allowing these Showcase events to hurt the USEA's bottom line? While the Showcase is fun and exciting, it did little for the local population of competitors and would have been just as successful mid week. Who knows which USEA horse trials Organizer will be the next to face this kind of loss. If this continues to be allowed, it may contribute to the loss of lower level Events which are a major financial foundation to the USEA's bottom line and future membership.
In closing a number of Organizers wish all event organizers particularly in Area III & II would consider and or reconsider what it might be like if these type of showcase events run in your town, on your most popular dates, and reconsider your votes. It seems a solution is to host conflicting Showcase events on weekdays in towns such as Ocala or Aiken during the winter, or in rural areas during the summertime.
Thank you for your consideration
Joannah Hall Glass
Owner, Sporting Day Farm Horse Trials
610 613 2010